MOUNT BALDY SESSION | SAME SEX COUPLE | MANDI LYNN PHOTO

Allyson & Shelia were my first (of hopefully many) same sex couple! Mount Baldy has been on my “ I want to shoot at this location” list for a while now so I was stoked that they were up for the journey, apparently this was a day of successful firsts for me!

THE CASINO SAN CLEMENTE WEDDING - LAUREN + STEVIE

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Lauren & Stevie got married at The Casino San Clemente on a perfectly cloudy April day. Lauren’s sweet grandfather walked her down the aisle, Stevie and his mother danced a not so slow dance and cake got smashed in each others faces, it was a fun day!

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Venue @thecasinosc / Photography @mandilynnphoto / Coordination @popthechampagne / Glam @thebeautypair / Florals @sweetsageevents 

JOSHUA TREE PROPOSAL - CAITLAINNE + CHRISTIAN (PART 2)

….continued from part one

Once we got to the lookout point within Joshua Tree National Park, we continued to shoot during the perfect sunset overlooking Coachella Valley. Once the sun was behind the mountains, we moved to the other side of the lookout and got cooled down cotton candy views, perfect for Christian’s surprise proposal. Caitlainne was totally shocked and confused, unsure if he was doing it for the styled shoot. Once she realized he was serious, she also realized the ring was hers to keep! Continue scrolling to see the video capturing this entire day!

Photography: Mandilynn Photography / Videography: Dear Fox Films / Florals: Thistle Oak Floral Co.

Check out this 2016 memory of C & C!

COLORFUL JOSHUA TREE SESSION- CAITLAINNE + CHRISTIAN (PART ONE)

Meet Caitlainne & Christian!

I have known Caitlainne for 5-6 years now, we originally met through social media and it was friendship at first coffee meet up :) Or to be more punny, it was an insta-friendship! Over the years we have kept in touch, teamed up on work projects and taken turns visiting each others homes from LA to SD! We always have so much to catch up on when we finally set aside time to meet + we have both changed so drastically over the years. With all of that said, she is someone I can sit and chat with for hours no matter how our lives shift and she always has a contagious uplifting way about her.

C & C are both originally from Chicago, attended the same college, knew of one another through the Arts Department, but never dated. Caitlainne spent some time living in New York, acting and exploring her performance side, but eventually knew LA could be an even better fit. Not only did LA have great opportunity for her, it had Christian! The two of them have spent the last few years living happily together in LA, adding a fur child & finding careers they are both passionate about.

I asked Caitlainne & Christian to model for me knowing that they would be so fun to photograph, they are so giddy and lovable! We had one failed attempt at the sand dunes, everything that could go wrong, including a stand storm, did. Christian emailed me the next day saying that he wanted to PROPOSE to Caitlainne at our re-shoot. Two months of planning, crying in front of our computer screens while secretly communicating and finally, the day arrived. We had given Caitlainne a ring to wear for the styled shoot, you know, to complete the look. This ring was carefully designed by Christian, using Caitlainne’s favorite ring designer. She had no idea it was going to be hers to keep. We shot for three hours, kept our cool and had such a fun time playing in the desert! Here are just a few of my favorite moments with C & C during the first half of our styled “engagement session.”

Photography: Mandilynn Photography / Videography: Dear Fox Films / Florals: Thistle Oak Floral Co.

Check out this 2016 memory of C & C!

SERENDIPITY GARDEN WEDDING - OAK GLEN / MICHAEL + ALEXANDRA

Michael & Alexandra got married in the Fall of 2018, at Serendipity Garden’s in Oak Glen, California. This property provides a mountain feel, three levels of gorgeous views & never let’s me down in the sunset department! {Take a look back at their engagement session}

FIND THESE VENDOR’S ON INSTAGRAM: Photography @mandilynnphoto / Venue @serendipity_weddings  / Florist @mrsbrownsfloralandevent & @flowersetcbeaumont / Glam @privebeauty / DJ @djrichi3p / Video @xerxes4497 / Signage @freerangeforrest / Dress @katiemaycollection / Stationary @carissamariedesigns 

QUAIL RANCH WEDDING - ALYSSA + MICHAEL

Alyssa & Michael got married at Quail Ranch, an avocado farm in Simi Valley, California. The Tunzi’s chose deep tones, Fall florals & dreamy pampas grass. Quail Ranch’s Spanish style property, full trees & views paired perfectly with their details.

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FIND THESE VENDORS ON INSTAGRAM: Photography @mandilynnphoto / Venue @quailranchevents / Coordination & Design @sdapper / Florals & Design @shindigchic / Videography @jordanpowellfilms / Makeup @courtdappmakeup / Hair @karisa_bierman / Music @dartcollective / Photo booth @portythefotoboothbus / Dress @dreamersandlovers_

THREE ARCH BAY LAGUNA BEACH WEDDING - JADE + KAMERON

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Photography: @mandilynnphoto / Coordination: @sparklingsoirees / Florals & Styling: @saltedblooms / Videography: @thomas_henry_green / Rentals: @adorefolklore @sigpartyrentals @archiverentals / Food trucks: @sohotaco @habitburgergrill @thechurromantruck / Hair & Makeup: Megan Delores / DJ: @jukeboxproductions 

HIGHLAND SPRINGS RANCH WEDDING - MARIAH + GRADY

Mariah & Grady got married at Highland Springs Ranch in the late summer of 2017. The last couple of years I have not taken the time to do much blogging, however I could not go without featuring this bright, happy & emotional day. Highland Springs is one of my absolute favorite venues to work at + these two have a great love for one another. Mariah & Grady opted for a traditional timeline with no first look, however they did have a blind prayer together just moments before their ceremony.

I had the pleasure of working alongside some wildly talented vendors:

Venue: Highland Springs Ranch & Inn / Photography: Mandilynn Photography / Coordination: Samantha Dapper / Florals: Shindig Chic / Makeup: Courtney Dapper / Hair: Lindsey Zivalic / Dress: Grace Loves Lace / Photo Bus: The Booth & Bus Co. / Video: Troy Rupp